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Creating distinct spaces for sisters, who happen to be neighbors

Decorating side-by-side town homes in Newton for two clients with different tastes.

michael J. Lee
The older sister’s town home.

Natick-based designer Laurie Gorelick completed a unique project last year: She decorated side-by-side town homes for sisters with very different tastes. The floor plans of the four-bedroom homes in Newton’s Auburndale village mirror each other, but the younger sibling was looking for a contemporary vibe, while her sister preferred a more traditional look.

1. In the older sister’s living room, a custom velvet ottoman serves as a coffee table, footrest, or extra seating for guests. Its round shape allows for easy traffic flow.

2. The Oriental rug is a family heirloom. “This sister likes saturated colors,” Gorelick says.

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3. The raspberry-colored sofa with subtle ombre weave has a traditional feel with its tight back and English arms.

4. Drapes in a floral toile print are hung lower to showcase the window’s cornices.

5. Wing chairs, one in natural linen, the other in a beige and blue print fabric from Kelly Wearstler, offer additional comfortable seating.

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michael J. Lee
The younger sister’s town home.

6. Fitted with modern grommets, window treatments in the younger sister’s living room feature a diamond pattern, echoed on the sofa’s sides and in one of the throw pillows.

7. The tufted-back sofa has a mid-century feel — its grayish-blue tweed fabric adds texture and warmth.

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8. Twin Parsons-style cocktail tables are wrapped in a gray textured faux leather and have clear glass tops.

9. A Lucite and brass Jonathan Adler bench is perhaps the room’s most modern piece.

10. The French bergere-style chair has a distressed wood frame with a casual vibe.

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